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Jerry Kramer

July 31, 1946 — December 9, 2023

Jerry Kramer

July 31, 1946-December 9, 2023

Gerald Raymond “Jerry” Kramer passed away December 9, 2023 at Hope West Care Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was 77 years old.

Jerry was born July 31, 1946 to John A Kramer, Jr. and Alice Miller Kramer in Delta, Colorado.  He attended Fairview School in Olathe and graduated from Olathe High School in 1964. After graduation, he studied at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado then, transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he graduated with a degree in business administration and agronomy.  Later he returned to Olathe to work on the Kramer Family Farm and established Kramer’s Farm Market in Olathe. He eventually expanded it to serve the Cortez and Durango areas.

Later Jerry and his wife Margie moved the family to Oregon where he worked in farm management.  Jerry was instrumental in developing new vineyards in eastern Washington state.  When he returned to Colorado, he was involved in agricultural consulting and especially enjoyed working with young farmers in the area.

One of his greatest pastimes was ATVing with his Olathe Class of ’64+ buddies and close friends. If he wasn’t riding the ATV, he was enjoying biking or hiking in Colorado or Arizona.  In 2013, he obtained his pilot license and often said, “there isn’t anything quite as tranquil as flying.” His garden at home was always brimming and his salsa was “famous”.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as usher and Eucharistic minister at Saturday evening mass.

Jerry is survived by his wife Margie of 41 years. His children John A Kramer III of North Platte, Nebraska, Connie (Scott) Barber of Nunn, Colorado, and Tracy (Tom) Koch of Loveland, Colorado. Grandchildren Sarah Barber of Portland, Oregon and Amanda and Trevor Koch of Loveland, Colorado. Also, his brother Randy (Paula) Kramer of Montrose, Colorado.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Stephen Kramer and John “Buddy” Kramer, daughter Gaile Hill and granddaughter Cassandra Hill.

Rosary and Vigil will be held Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm at Crippin Funeral Home and Chapel. Mass will be held Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Montrose, Colorado.  Burial immediately following at Delta Cemetery in Delta, Colorado.  Following burial a Celebration of Life luncheon will be provided at St. Mary’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hope West Care Center, 3090 North 12th, Suite B, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506. Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory of Montrose is assisting Mr. Kramers’s family. (970) 249-2121


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